SSP Seminars: Spring 2014

SSP seminars are held from Noon to 1:00pm in the Pratt conference room, PG-04, 60 Garden Street, unless otherwise noted below.

Wednesday January 1
Happy new year !!!!!
Monday January 6
Open (during AAS meeting)
Monday January 13
12:00 pm, Pratt
Ian Crossfield, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie
A Clearer View of Clouds on the Nearest Brown Dwarfs
Friday January 17
12:30 pm, Pratt
Richard I. Anderson, Geneva Observatory
Classical Cepheids: High-precision Velocimetry, Cluster Membership, and the Effect of Rotation
Monday January 20
12:00 pm, Pratt
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday January 21
12:30 pm, Pratt
Luca Malavolta, University of Padua, Italy
Exoplanets and their host stars: news from Italy
Monday January 27
12:00 pm, Pratt
Vlada Stamenkovic, MIT
The distribution of plate tectonics planets in the Galaxy
Monday February 3
12:00 pm, Pratt
reserved (HAT planet search)
Monday February 10
12:00 pm, Pratt
Noe Lugaz, University of New Hampshire
Propagation of Solar Eruptions Between the Sun and the Earth
Monday February 17
12:00 pm, Pratt
Holiday: Washington's Birthday
Monday February 24
12:00 pm, Pratt
Amaury Triaud, MIT
Exploring and exploiting the diversity of exoplanetary systems
Monday March 3
12:00 pm, Pratt
Mike Cushing, University of Toledo
Hunting for Cool Brown Dwarfs with WISE
Monday March 10
12:00 pm, Pratt
Florian Rodler, CfA
High-resolution spectroscopy of exoplanet atmospheres is cool!
Monday March 17
12:00 pm, Pratt
Saskia Hekker, MPI for Solar System Research, Goettingen
Towards accurate ages of stars using asteroseismology
Monday March 24
12:00 pm, Pratt
Jonathan McDowell, CfA
The Globalization of Space
Monday March 31
12:00 pm, Pratt
Paul Green, CfA
Innocent Bystanders and Smoking Guns: the Dwarf Carbon Stars
Monday April 7
12:00 pm, Pratt
David Kipping, CfA
Asterodensity Profiling: A New Tool for Studying Exoplanets
Friday April 18
2:30pm, Pratt
Karen Kinemuchi, Apache Point Observatory
Field RR Lyrae stars - Tracers of the Galaxy
Monday April 21
12:00 pm, Pratt
Holiday: Patriots' Day
Wednesday April 23
12:00 pm, Pratt
Ximena Abrevaya, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Astrobiology, stellar radiation and the search for life
Monday April 28
12:00 pm, Pratt
Katrien Kolenberg, CfA
Stellar Tomography: RR Lyrae Stars & Astronomy for Development
Monday May 5
12:00 pm, Pratt
Duncan Forgan, Edinburgh
Population Synthesis of Objects Formed by Self-Gravitating Disc Fragmentation
Tuesday May 6
12:00 pm, Pratt
Jacqueline Faherty
Ultracool dwarfs
Monday May 12
12:00 pm, Pratt
Miho Janvier, University of Dundee, UK Open
From MHD simulations to coronal observations: How to build a standard flare model in 3D?
Monday May 19
12:00 pm, Pratt
Timothy Rodigas, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie, Washington, DC
Imaging Planets and Disks with an Eye on the Future
Monday May 26
12:00 pm, Pratt
Holiday: Memorial Day
Monday June 23
12:00 pm, Pratt
Thayne Currie, University of Toronto
Exoplanet direct imaging.
Monday June 30
12:00 pm, Pratt
Eric Agol, University of Washington
The theory and discovery of a self-lensing binary.
Monday July 7
12:00 pm, Pratt
Raphaelle Haywood, University of St Andrews, Scotland
Accounting for stellar activity in exoplanet radial velocity observations using Gaussian processes
Monday July 21
12:00 pm, Pratt
Antigona Segura, Universidad Nacional Aut—noma de Mˇxico
Biosignatures, the case of habitable planets around M dwarfs

[Past and future seminars]

To speakers: Please be sure to send an abstract of your talk to Francesca DeMeo (fdemeo at and Christian Johnson (cjohnson at cfa.h by the close of business on the Wednesday (or at the very latest, Noon EST/EDT on the Thursday) before the talk, in order to allow us to advertise it in the weekly CfA events calendar. Please send a title as soon as it is ready. Directions to the CfA are available here, and the OIR group maintain a useful guide to local accommodations for visitors from out of town. A map of the CfA is available here.

Fall speakers please contact Francesca DeMeo (fdemeo at and Christian Johnson (cjohnson at if you would like to give a talk, or if you have a visitor that you would like us to invite to give a talk.


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